Tribe begins quest for championship

by Matt Lincoln

WILLIAMSBURG, VA (WWBT) - The funny thing about the triple option offense, is that opposing defenses really only have two options against it - play disciplined, or get burned.

That's the challenge that faces the William & Mary Tribe as they begin postseason play Saturday against Georgia Southern at 1:30pm at Zable Stadium.  GSU is one of the top triple option offenses in the FCS - they are fourth-ranked in the country in rushing (255.8 ypg).

The Tribe has not played a triple option team this season, and started practicing defending it last week, even though they weren't sure Georgia Southern was going to advance past their first round playoff game against South Carolina State.

The good thing for William and Mary is that they're at home.  The Tribe is 5-0 at Zable Stadium this season, with big wins over Richmond, Villanova and Delaware.  The Tribe players gave a variety of reasons why they're so good at home - they feed off the crowd, they like to sleep in their own beds, they like wearing the 'green' tops - but they'll be happy if they do have to hit the road again this season.  That would mean they will have advanced to the NCAA Championship Game.  As the number 2 seed, the Tribe is guaranteed home games until then.

The Tribe is also looking back to its experiences last year.  William and Mary advanced to the semifinals for the second time in their school history.  The Tribe lost to eventual champion Villanova.  That game was on the road, and this Tribe team is confident that they can make the big game this year, with the road to Chattanooga runs through Williamsburg.

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